CIDR Notation

Classless Inter-Domain Routing notation, or CIDR notation, is a method of representing an IP address network range.

In CIDR notation, the IP address contains a networking routing prefix and a corresponding prefix length (the number after the /).

For example, IPv4 CIDR represents 256 IPv4 addresses from to, with a routing prefix of and a prefix length of /24.

For IP addresses using CIDR notation, the prefix length is how many bits have been allocated to the network’s routing prefix.


You can restrict inbound connections to IP addresses or IP ranges. For example, you can enter the CIDR into an incoming traffic rule that allows traffic from any IP address between the and to connect to the resource. The same properties apply to IPv6 addresses and CIDRs.

To learn more about configuring rules, see How to Configure Firewall Rules.

For more information about IP addresses, subnets, or CIDR notation.


We use CIDR notation to represent IP addresses and network ranges in DigitalOcean VPCs.

You can use this table to determine how many usable IPs are available for a specific CIDR prefix on DigitalOcean.

Network Size (CIDR Suffix) Number of Usable IP Addresses
/16 65536
/17 32768
/18 16384
/19 8192
/20 4096
/21 2048
/22 1024
/23 512
/24 256
/28 16